Despite the name, stainless steel actually can get stains on it from time to time. Somehow a name like “stainless” invokes a wonder-material that you can just wipe 100% clean with water every time. Obviously that’s not the case, or I wouldn’t be writing this post. In this post, I’ll share how I clean stainless steel at home using a simple ingredient.
The “stainless” part of stainless steel just means that it doesn’t rust, and that’s why stainless steel is often used for cookware that gets lots of contact with water, or that needs to hold up to lots of wear and tear.
Because it works so hard, one can only expect stainless steel to become grimy and dirty over time. But (in my opinion), nothing looks prettier in the kitchen than a sparkling stainless steel appliance.
That’s why I spent an afternoon diligently testing out different cleaners to see which one would work the best to remove the different types of stains that had accumulated on my various steel appliances. In the end, the solution to getting my stainless steels clean and sparkling was a lot easier and cheaper than I’d imagined!
But I also learned that there are different types of stains that affect stainless steel. For example, the inside of my rice cooker, which boils water to complete evaporation several times a week, had a different type of staining than the outside of the cooker (that had been spattered with sauces and grease and had had almost no contact with water).
The three key ingredients for cleaning all of these stainless steel areas were dish soap, vinegar, and cream of tartar.
Cleaning Water Stains From Stainless Steel
Cleaning Grease Stains From Stainless Steel
I usually keep my stainless steel tea kettle on my stove all the time. You never know when you need to quickly add a splash of water when you’re cooking on the stove, right?
But my poor tea kettle has had to endure getting spattered with hot grease over and over again. This is what it looked like AFTER I tried to just scrub it off with dish soap only:
In order to get those grease stains off, I used a combination of dish soapy water and cream of tarter.
As is often the case when it comes to cleaning, TIME is one of the most powerful cleaning helpers you can have. You just have to take the first step and apply your cleaning solution, then just wait for it to do it’s magic.